Market Info

Types of Payments and food access accepted/distributed at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market

ACCEPTED:

Cash

Credit/Debit cards converted to Market Money

Customers who would like to use their credit/debit cards at the market are directed to the Market Information tent to convert their credit/debit card purchase amount to market money. Market money is accepted by all vendors at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. Vendors give U.S. Currency in change. Some vendors are set up to take your credit/debit card directly for your purchase.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP/EBT/MI Bridge Card

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the name for food stamps. In Michigan this program is also referred to as the Michigan Bridge Card. Those who meet income eligibility requirements are allotted a set amount of money each month, on their Bridge Card, to help them purchase food.

Project FRESH

WIC Project FRESH is a program that makes fresh produce available to low-income, nutritionally-at-risk consumers, through Michigan farmers markets. Women and children up to age 5 (excluding infants) currently enrolled in the WIC program can get coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables to use at the farmers market. Women who are either pregnant or breastfeeding are targeted to help meet their special nutritional needs.

For more information click here or you can call your local WIC agency.

Senior Market FRESH

The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) awards grants to states, United States territories, and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be exchanged for eligible foods at farmers markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs. To learn more, click here If you think you are eligible to participate contact your local senior center for your community’s individual program information.

DISTRIBUTED:

Double Up Food Bucks

An exciting program the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market participates in that matches up to $20.00/week for people who use their SNAP/Michigan Bridge Card at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. Each time a SNAP/Michigan Bridge Card recipient uses their card at market, we give them double the amount of money they ran the card for up to $20.00. Example, if a Bridge card is swiped for $10, our grant funding enables us to give out an additional $10.00 for a total of $20.00 in food purchasing tokens and only $10.00 came off the customers Bridge Card. The Double Up Food Bucks tokens are used exclusively for fresh, Michigan grown produce sold at the market. This frees up the original Bridge card allocation to be used on other groceries found at the market, such as eggs,  meat and bread. For more information about Double Up Food Bucks, you may visit here.

Hoophouses for Health

Families with children 0-8 years old who are registered with CAAM Head Start, MARESA Early Childhood programs or YMCA young child programs are eligible to receive $16/household member/month to use at participating farmers booth at the market. Allocations are distributed on electronic card and are valid for 60 days.

featured recipe

Grilled Ramps with Asparagus


One of the early wild foods of Spring, ramps are available at the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market. A quick, delicious way to prepare almost all vegetables is grilling. Grill ramps quickly to make the most of their wild, earthy flavor.
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 bunch (about 20) ramps
  • 1 bunch thin asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
DIRECTIONS
  • Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Trim and discard the root hairs from ramps. Trim tough ends from asparagus.

  • Place ramps and asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet or in a shallow baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil, and toss to coat evenly. Season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.

  • Arrange ramps and asparagus on the hot grill in a single layer. Grill until hot and grill marks appear, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to platter, and serve hot or at room temperature.

    SERVINGS: 6

http://www.marthastewart.com/318405/grilled-ramps-with-asparagus
SOURCE: MARTHA STEWART LIVING, APRIL 2001